American business tycoon Bill Gates has announced on social media that he and his wife, Melinda, are divorcing after 27 years of marriage.
A couple’s statement issued on Monday evening said they no longer believe that they can grow together as a couple.
“But we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” their statement read.
Bill and Melinda, the co-founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the decision in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday afternoon.
Their decision to split does not affect the foundation that supports various initiatives in the world.
The Global News quoted the couple’s statement which said they will “continue to share a belief in that mission,” including “work together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.
“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives.”